Charlotte Talks Local News Roundup: No Charges For CMPD Officer; Racist Letters To Clt Leaders

Aug 16, 2019

Friday, August 16, 2019

No charges will be filed against the CMPD officer who shot Danquirs Franklin.  Black members of City Council, County Commission and the School board receive racist letters. New CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston may have a 3-year contract, but it has a 60-day out clause.  The local news roundup covers those stories and more.

Clockwise from top left: Jonathan Lowe, Spectrum News Charlotte; Katie Peralta, Charlotte Agenda; David Boraks, WFAE; Mary C. Curtis, WCCB and Rollcall.com

No charges will be filed for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police officer who shot Danquirs Franklin at a Charlotte Burger King back in March. District Attorney Spencer Merriweather announced on Wednesday that Officer Wende Kerl will not face charges in connection with Franklin’s death. 

Many black elected officials in Charlotte- including the mayor- received a racist letter this week that was addressed to city council, the county commission, police, fire and CMS School Board. The letter was directed to black Democrats and said that they should be “tarred and feathered and run out of town.” We’ll talk about reaction to the letter by several local leaders.

Charlotte Talks host Mike Collins

New CMS Superintendent Earnest Winston has a 3-year contract, which was announced earlier this month. But this week, school board members clarified that Winston could be fired with 60 days’ notice without giving a reason, making his job security not quite as strong as once thought. We’ll talk about what board chair Mary McCray said about it.

And an update on the push to pass a quarter-cent sales tax vote for the arts in Mecklenburg County.

Guests:

Mary C. Curtis, columnist for Rollcall.com and WCCB

Katie Peralta, reporter for Charlotte Agenda

David Boraks, reporter for WFAE 

Jonathan Lowe, reporter for Spectrum News